The Red Devils made it 8 straight wins in all competitions with an emphatic victory over Reading in the F.A Cup 3rd round on Saturday afternoon, ensuring they did so for the first time since September 2009.
Manchester United have now also gone 14 consecutive games without a defeat, and that fine run has prompted club legend Paul Scholes, to tip them for a title challenge, provided they win against Liverpool next weekend when the Premier League resumes action.
Scholes’ prediction has come from a place of pure sentiment, and his judgment is clearly clouded by his love for the club. Nothing wrong with that. But the best Manchester United can get this term is a 4th place finish. And even that will take a lot to come by.
Victory against Liverpool at the Old Trafford next Sunday will bring them 2 points within touching distance of the Reds, and probably 5th place if Arsenal fluff their clash against Swansea, but that isn’t enough to make them overnight title challengers.
Of all Manchester United’s most recent 6 Premier League victories, only 1 came against a top 8 team. The win against West Ham was clearly officials-assisted, while Middlesbrough have themselves to blame for losing all 3 points within 5 minutes.
Just 3 losses and 6 draws in the Premier League this term is impressive, but this recent run of wins has largely come against minnows. United haven’t been convincing enough, and they still remain incapable of piping any of the 5 teams ahead of them to a top 4 finish come May.
Title contenders? That’s optimism gone wrong and hopes too high. United would be lucky to play Champions League football next season. Other teams aren’t getting worse while the Red Devils are getting better. United are 6th-best team this season, and remain so come May.
Title contenders? Forget it Scholes!!!